• Digging Deeper

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    The Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program’s summer field school at a South Carolina plantation site provides students with hands-on, fundamental techniques.

  • Melissa Andrade

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    Melissa Andrade '14, a double major in American studies and cultural and historic preservation, spent the summer of 2013 interning with the Newport Historical Society, a local nonprofit focused on preserving the city’s history, culture and buildings.

The cultural and historic preservation program provides an understanding and appreciation of architectural history, archival research, archaeology and preservation planning through an exciting mixture of coursework and fieldwork.

Centered in historic Newport, our program offers students a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between the past and present and participate in preservation projects. Whether restoring an old cemetery, documenting an African-American church or excavating and analyzing remains during our summer field school, our students gain extensive hands-on experience in the living laboratory of our city.

Students are also exposed to the global nature of historic preservation through courses like World Heritage Management, and we encourage majors to study abroad to enhance their learning experience.

Our program boasts an exceptional graduate school placement record, with the majority of our majors entering directly into such advanced degree programs as preservation, archaeology and urban planning.